Meet Our Artists

Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative

Meet Our Artists

Carole Bruno Arts
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2019
A New Englander by birth, Carole has called Summerville her home since 1989. She has been an exhibiting member of the Summerville Artist Guild since 2012. Although Carole has taken dozens of workshops since beginning painting in 1995, she is not formerly trained. Carole began as a decorative painter then morphed through oils, watercolor, colored pencil, batik, and into mixed media. Easily distracted? Maybe, but she loves it all! Carole primarily work with acrylics now. From folk art to realistic painting and now to mixed media. For Carole, the progression makes sense. The primitive nature of folk art is the basis for her small to medium size abstract and collage work. Carole likes to slap on paint, make marks, form shapes and see what happens. She also still enjoys decorative painting on items like trays, boxes, and baskets. Carole creates in her home studio in Summerville, South Carolina.

The Felting Farm
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2018
Angela Turner, fiber artist, designs apparel, home decor and gifts from 100% fiber, mostly sheep
wool. Her love of the fiber arts began 16 years ago while living in Washington State where she began learning to spin her own wool into yarn. From there, her passion has grown into various forms of fiber art including knitting, crocheting, felting and weaving, although her true favorite has become felting. Her fleeces are purchased as raw fiber and then processed completely by hand through scouring/cleaning of the fleece, carding the fleece and then felting it into a product, either with wet felting or needle felting. Angela’s handspun yarns are also often incorporated into hand felted pieces. Her fiber colors come from hand dying the wool. She often uses all-natural colors from plants and other natural elements, although many of her brighter colors come from dying with Kool-Aid. As a native of Charleston, South Carolina, Angela grew up on the beach but always loved being in the country. Her inspirations are based
on textures, sights and sounds from walking the beaches or from working the farm. Special orders, commissioned works, personalization and/or monogramming are also available on most of her items

Fiber Finesse
Member of the Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2018
Pam Shanley is a textile artist specializing in home decor, wearable items, and art quilts. She focuses hand weaving with her own hand spun yarn and other natural fibers. Her techniques with South Carolina indigo and local craft basketry have been incorporated into handmade coiled baskets, often featuring her home-grown indigo dye and hand spun yarns. Wearable items such as scarves and shawls are woven on floor looms, ensuring quality and design. Pam teaches classes in weaving, felting, art quilting, and other textile techniques. Her art quilts are published in several books and currently travel in quilt shows. Pam demonstrates her textile crafts at historic Charleston Middleton Place and other venues in the area, hoping to keep these ancient crafts in a spotlight. Follow Pam’s website at Pamshanley.wix.com/fiberart and on Instagram as pamshanley

Hugs in Ink
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2017
Joy Varley was introduced to the art of stamping and papercrafting in 2003 and was immediately addicted to this medium. She began her business, Hugs in Ink, in 2005, specializing in custom invitations, memory books, note cards and greeting cards. Her work has expanded to include textiles, creating handmade items for the kitchen, home décor and quilts. Joy works in her home studio in Summerville, South Carolina. You can follow Hugs in Ink on Facebook and Instagram.

LDSC Jewelry Designs
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2018

Linda Dixon took a few beading classes about 12 years ago and hasn’t stopped making jewelry since. Following additional courses in metalsmithing her jewelry now features beads, metal and wood. Her selections are diverse and most pieces are one-of-a-kind. Linda creates in her home studio in Summerville, South Carolina.

Melville Images
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2019
John Foehl discovered his love for black & white photography back in college, but reality intervened. In reimagining his life in retirement photography seemed like a perfect place to start. As he set out to explore this new realm of digital photography, he sought out several mentors to whom he is indebted. Alister Benn, Cole Thompson and Gary Wagner have proved to be wonderful sources of insight and inspiration. Primarily a black & white landscape photographer his images tend towards the dark and moody side of the spectrum. He views them as his alter ego. His portfolio also includes nightscapes and long-exposure pastels. John works from his home in Summerville, South Carolina but can be found wandering, camera in hand.

Natural Design Creations
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2017
Gayle Sauer spent most of her professional life in technological fields. Shortly before she retired in 1999, she began to find her creative side and has experimented with many various art media ever since. Gayle Sauer is the designer of many various creations which include gallery wrapped canvas photographs, hand- built pottery pieces, pine needle baskets with hand-built ceramic centers and jewelry. The gallery wrapped photographs are mainly of nature scenes (like the pink sky in the photograph) in the Charleston area as well as many other areas she has visited. In addition, there are also many close-up shots of various blossoms and other small creatures. Each photograph is ready to be hung directly on your wall. No framing is necessary since the image extends onto all sides. The hand-built pottery pieces are
various designs of bowls, cell phone caddies, TV remote control caddies, and wine glass caddies. The caddies keep the cell phone, TV remote control, or glasses and wine bottle in one convenient location. Many of the pottery pieces also have nature theme portrayed in the form of leaf or flower highlights. In addition, she also designs pine needle baskets and trivets with a hand-built ceramic center which have many utilitarian uses or can be used as a wall decoration. The jewelry pieces are mainly necklaces with a hand-built ceramic highlight while the earrings use beads of various sizes, shapes and colors and are mainly for pierced ears. For those who do not have pierced ears, clip-on earrings are available on request. Gayle works in her home studio in Summerville, South Carolina.

Ronald M. Smith
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2019
Ronald Marsh Smith is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a retired US Army Master Sergeant. Ronald began writing poetry in his teen years and continued to write throughout his college days and military career. Since retirement, Ronald has been able to devote himself to his great passion for writing poetry. His first book of poems, THE SOUL OF A POET, was published in February 2019. Ronald currently accepts speaking engagements to promote his book and is working toward his second publication. Ronald works from his home in Summerville, South Carolina, but finds inspiration in his travels and interactions with people from around the world.

Scraps by Ann
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2017
Ann Watkins has been creating scrapbooks and handmade cards for over twenty years. She is a retired first grade teacher and made individual scrapbooks for her students for many years. Ann has continued her love of paper, embellishments and creativity in her retirement years by continuing to

make vintage tags, cards, memory pockets, tea bag art and encouragement rings. She enjoys designing each product with a unique theme using a vast array of art materials, repurposed embellishments and artistic techniques. Ann’s current love is making hand sewn journals. She enjoys searching for various materials and textures to make each journal one-of-a-kind. Ledgers, playing cards, cancelled stamps, fabrics, tickets and coffee dyed paper add special touches to her vintage journals. “Using journals for notes, pictures, and memories can help document your story”. Ann enjoys working in her home studio in Summerville, South Carolina.

Turning Point Wood Art
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2018
Originally from Gaston County, North Carolina, Dave Dixon grew up in the DC area of Northern Virginia. He served in the US Naval Submarine Force during the Viet Nam War. Mr. Dixon has been a wood turner and wood working enthusiast for most of his life, but most seriously, the last 15 years. He turned his first bowl in the 8th grade when most schools still had Industrial Arts classes. His work includes classic as well as contemporary design. He is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners, The Palmetto Woodturners in Columbia, and the Charleston Woodturners. He also belongs to the Guild of the South Carolina Artisans Center in Walterboro. His other hobbies include antique fountain pen restoration and creating stain glass windows.

Wood Creations by Mark
Member of the Carnes Crossroads Artist Cooperative since 2018
Seeking to identify an avocational passion to support his transition from a kinetic career as a university administrator – and deploying life skills acquired through woodworking, home improvements, and electrical soldering – Mark Shanley seized upon two particular crafts to focus his energy and enthusiasm in retirement: Woodturning and Stained Glass. Through woodturning, Mark creates a variety of objects that are hand-turned on a lathe using both wet wood (from tree trunks) and dry wood to fashion bowls, platters, hollow form vases, and a variety of other objects that incorporate both wood and fiber. He is likewise fascinated with transforming pieces of cut glass into aesthetically pleasing objects of stained glass. Mark finds deep satisfaction and tangible closure in such hand-crafted creations. Mark creates in his wood studio located in Summerville, South Carolina.